Guitar Center Now Selling Air Guitars

by staff on February 9, 2009

Air guitars arrive at the San Marcos Guitar Center

A Guitar Center employee carefully unloads a shipment of air guitars

Today Guitar Center announced that they will begin selling air guitars at all retail stores as well as on their website, guitarcenter.com.

“When we began selling fake instruments for Guitar Hero and Rock Band last year, we noticed they were selling better than our real instruments.  We thought we’d take it one step further and sell air guitars, and so far they’re flying off the shelves…at least I think they are…it’s hard to tell,” explained Guitar Center CEO, Mitch Feldman.

Guitar Center hopes to boost their quarterly profits with this bold move.  The air guitars are manufactured in China and cost almost nothing to make.

“The only expense is shipping them here. Other than that it’s all profit,” added Feldman.

The new air guitars now available at Guitar Center include the Fender Aircaster, Martin Mirage, Ibanez Illusion, as well as a special edition PRS air guitar with an invisible dragon etched on the body.  Low end air guitars start at $199, and higher-end models can cost up to $2000.

Professional Air Guitarist Hank Wilson tests out the new Fender Aircaster

Professional Air Guitarist Hank Wilson tests out the new Fender Aircaster

Professional air guitarist Hank Wilson — who plays with air singer Ashley Simpson — was one of the first to try out the new models.

“The new air guitar models rock!  When my air groupies see me play these, they won’t be able to resist me…but don’t tell that to my air girlfriend,” said Wilson.

Many stores have already sold their entire first shipment.

Plenty of air guitars are still in stock at guitarcenter.com

Plenty of air guitars are still in stock at guitarcenter.com

Kevin Murphy, Manager of the San Marcos Guitar Center, is currently advising customers who can’t wait for the store’s next shipment to order them from guitarcenter.com, where there are still plenty in stock.

“If you order your air guitar with a case, it takes about 2 weeks to ship. But if you just order the air guitar itself, it can be on your doorstep in about 8 seconds,” explained Murphy.

Murphy also warned buyers to watch out for resellers selling knockoff air guitars.

“When buying an air guitar, take a close look at it. If you see anything at all, then it’s probably a fake,” added Murphy.

{ 5 comments }

silas February 9, 2009 at 9:35 pm

genius!

David February 12, 2009 at 12:29 am

I thought I bought a real air guitar. The case only had a guitar pick in it. However when I used it the guitar wouldn’t make any sound…Guess I was ripped off!

Mariann February 16, 2009 at 1:47 am

I bought one and within a week – it broke. Now they want me to send it back to China and pay the postage myself! I can’t believe this…and I’m pretty certain mine has lead in it – because the shipping costs far outweigh the logic to just buy a whole new one.

BobC February 26, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Take it easy, both of you!

All that happened is that the air leaked out. Put it back in, and you’ll be good as new!

Sharky April 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I can’t wait till they start selling air accordions for my dad’s air mariachi band. My air accordion will go great with my air jordans!!

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